December: (n) the twelfth month of the year, containing thirty-one days
Normally, I do not like to hear someone say, “This is my favorite…”
Mainly because if you hang around them for twenty minutes, they will stake claim on a new favorite which has jumped ahead of the old one, which has lost predominance in this brief span of time.
But I do believe December is my favorite month. (You will notice how easily I abandon my own concepts and asides.)
I say this about December because it contains both my birthday and Christmas.
This is not to say that my birthday is Christmas and therefore I am the Christ. (I did want to make that clear.)
My birthday is one week before Christmas, and I’ve always relished the beautiful time of year, and in a strange sense have felt uplifted—that the whole world decides to decorate in honor of my appearance on Earth.
But the main thing I like about December, and the reason I believe it should be the first month of the year, is that all the things that make us better people seem to stop, park and walk around for a while.
- Good secrets
- Excellent eating
And a twinge of faith growing in the worst scrounging Scrooge
It is amazing.
Is it amazing because it commemorates the birth of Jesus of Nazareth?
Is it made special because we have decided to turn up our childlike and turn down our childish?
Is it the fact that money flows freely, budgets are met, surprises are provided and dreams are explored?
Or is it just because, in a thirty-one-day period, all these possibilities unite for a common holiday?
So whether you say “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holidays,” (and by the way, the word “holiday” is a hybrid for “holy day”)…
Well, whatever you say makes little difference to what you feel.
And Christmas is a time when we allow feeling to take supremacy over thinking and doing.
Most of the time, we’re frightened to permit this.
But Christmas is feeling, dressed up in emotion, saturated with faith, and glittered with invention—proclaiming peace on Earth, goodwill toward men.
December is my favorite.
You can even come back tomorrow, and more than likely, it will hold the same noble position.